4. Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage

4.1 Current information on the requirements for marriage of Australian citizens overseas should be available on Australian Embassy and Consulate-General websites. Officers in State and Territory offices should refer clients to the relevant local diplomatic or consular mission, an Australian post website or provide a printed copy of the information contained on the website to the client either by mail or facsimile. In the event that the information is not available on the Australian Embassy or Consulate website, the client should be referred to the relevant foreign mission in Australia to confirm the requirements for marriage, by an Australian citizen or resident, in that particular country.

4.2 In the event that the foreign authority require a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI), an application form should be completed by the client and signed before an appropriate witness (detailed at the base of the application form). Whilst not compulsory, it is recommended that officers request proof of the claims made in the application ie. Certified copies of Birth Certificate, Passport, Decree Absolute if applicable.

4.3 CNI's are issued through the Signatures & Seals Database CNI Register, a hardcopy of the final certificate (bearing the seal and signature of the issuing authority) should be retained on file along with any supporting documentation.

4.4 The consular fee for issuing a CNI is AUD90.00.

4.5 Procedures to be followed in issuing a CNI are contained in Chapter 36 of the Consular Handbook.

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